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The Tour Report

May 20 2013

2:19 PM

Leishman playing for U.S. Open spot

By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM

Marc Leishman finished in the top 10 at this year’s Masters and PLAYERS Championship. Now he’s on the verge of earning entry into another big event. Leishman enters this week’s Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial at No. 58 in the Official World Golf Ranking; the top 60 at week’s end earn exemptions into the U.S. Open, which will be held June 13-16 at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa.

Leishman is one of several players trying this week to secure their spot in the year’s second major. Sang-Moon Bae, winner of last week’s HP Byron Nelson Championship, starts the week at 64th in the world ranking, while PGA TOUR rookie Luke Guthrie is ranked 68th. All three are in the field for this week’s Crowne Plaza Invitational. The European Tour's flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship, also is being held this week at Wentworth Club in England.

Below is a list of players ranked between Nos. 55-70 who are not yet exempt for the U.S. Open (*- in Crowne Plaza Invitational field; #- in BMW Championship field):

55. Russell Henley
56. Marcel Siem#
57. Matteo Manassero#
58. Marc Leishman*
60. Chris Wood#
62. Hiroyuki Fujita
63. Jimmy Walker 
64. Sang-Moon Bae*
65. Marcus Fraser#
67. Charles Howell III
68. Luke Guthrie*
69. Alexander Noren#

This is not the last opportunity for players to earn their way into the U.S. Open via the Official World Golf Ranking. The top 60 immediately following the FedEx St. Jude Classic, which ends June 9, also earn their way to Merion. Sectional qualifying will be held May 27 in Japan and England and at 11 sites in the United States on June 3.